Thursday, January 11, 2007

Latest design

This medalion is made from DMC 80 thread. The design is original. It could be used as a part of a doilly or stand alone.

Round 1: R=3-3-3-3-3 cls, rw Ch=3-3-3-3-3 rw Join rings at 4th picot, 8 rings total
Round 2: R1=3-3-3-3 cls, R2=3+to last picot in R1 3-3+to 3rd picot of Round 1 chain 3-3 cls, R3=3+to last picot of R2 3-3 cls, rw Ch 6-6-6-6-6, rw to end of Round 2
At the end of each round, tie off ends and cut.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

I think this will be the last of the Christmas stuff this year. The candy cane was done with 2 threads, red and white, on the same shuttle and so was the wreath. The star is also a celtic weave. I may not be updating until after the Holidays due to the oldest daughter's wedding and other celebrations through out the next two or three weeks. So Merry Christmas to all!!! And Happy New Year!!!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

This is a 5 Point Celtic Christmas Star. A really good picture of what it is supposed to look like is at: (Look at the Nov. 15 post.) I made this for an Outage Challenge on E-Tatters Online Forum (The forum was down for a day and the challenge was to make something from start to finish during that time.)

This piece is fun to make and a bit of a challenge to get the weaving right. It is all chains and, thus, a good piece for beginners. It has 185 stitches.

The ecru star is #20 El Cheapo cotton thread (got a ball that was 1 1/2 miles long) and the white star (round 1) is #20 cotton thread. The glasses are a necessary part of my advanced years. The shuttle is one of the first ones I acquired. The leather pouch holds a pair of sissors, 9 crochet hook sizes 0 to 14 and 2 pins for picking out mistakes. The oak stool usually has a ball of thread and a cup of coffee or tea on it.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Here is a more traditional Candy Cane. These take about an hour each to make. Just enough time to relax a little and have a cup of tea on a cold evening.

Thursday, December 7, 2006

Tennessee Christmas Candy Cane

This is a candy cane pattern that was posted on e-tatters as an early Chistmas gift to the members of that group. The pattern is the work of Julie Patterson and obviously she does good work. Her pattern calls for Red and White thread, but our bookkeeper at work is a Tennessee FAN-atic so that is why I used the Big Orange and White (Merry Christmas KM). I also think that it would be great in veriagated red to white or green to white or a mix of both.

This piece is a total of 628 stitches and took about 1 hour to complete. The hour included finding the BIG Orange thread and winding 2 shuttles. There is some weaving involved in making this piece which also took a couple of minutes to discover. All in all, a fun project.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Recent tatting, original design

This is an original design. I did not write down the pattern instructions as I was making it. It is made with #30 chrochet thread. It took about 6 hours to complete over a 2 week period. I think I will take it out of the frame and add more to it some time, but it will have to be when my wife is not looking or paying attention. She has it hanging on the wall in a prominent place in our home.
I have been tatting for over 20 years. I will be posting some of my work, doodles, mistakes and fixes, things I have made and original designs.